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RCC opens gateway to a new life

“I have faced all kinds of obstacles in trying to start my life over here in Virginia,” said Rappahannock Community College student La’Vita Smith. “The team here has helped me to get over and around every one of them with a smile on my face. I would recommend this program to anyone who is trying to move forward in their careers.”

Smith is talking about the POWER program (Providing Opportunities through Work, Education, and Resources) available through RCC’s Office of Career and Transition Services (OCATS).

At the time she was referred to the program, in January 2014, she had recently moved to Lancaster County with her 13-year-old son, reported OCATS career coach Betsy Witt. Although a friend had promised her a place to stay while she got on her feet, Smith felt she had an obligation to gain her independence as soon as possible, and she knew that her first step should be acquiring more education.

Read the rest of this story in this week’s Southside Sentinel at newstands throughout the county, or sign up here to receive a print and/or electronic pdf subscription.

posted 07.09.2014

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